Just look at that fab cover! Look at the authors involved!
How could this not be FUN?!
I had the opportunity to ask Christopher Golden a few questions about this project below:
CHAR: How did the idea for this anthology come about?
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN: I had the title in mind for years. Ages ago, I encouraged Thomas Sniegoski to use it and do a Christmas themed installment in his Remy Chandler novel series, but that never happened. Then one day Tom and I were on the phone and I told him about this Christmas horror story I wanted to write—“It’s a Wonderful Knife”—and if I remember correctly, he suggested I do a Christmas horror anthology…which I’d always wanted to do and hadn’t gotten around to. I immediately insisted that he write a story for the book. As soon as I realized that I was really going to do it, I started making my wish list of authors, and I think you’ll be as thrilled as I am with the results.
CHAR: When did your love of Christmas horror stories begin?
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN: A bunch of things flood into my head with that question. The first, of course, is A CHRISTMAS CAROL. It’s an unsettling story, and some of the film versions are creepy as hell. There’s SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, the homicidal Santa movie that came out when I was in high school, and which I saw in the theaters. But one of the most memorable creepy Christmas stories, for me, is a story within the movie GREMLINS, when the character played by Phoebe Cates tells the incredibly dark story of her father’s death. He’d dressed as Santa and tried to come down the chimney to surprise her, gotten stuck there, and died. It’s hideous and twisted—a great Christmas horror story.
ABOUT THIS BOOK...
That there is darkness at the heart of the Yuletide season should not surprise. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is filled with scenes that are unsettling. Marley untying the bandage that holds his jaws together. The hideous children--Want and Ignorance--beneath the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The heavy ledgers Marley drags by his chains. In the finest versions of this story, the best parts are the terrifying parts.
Bestselling author and editor Christopher Golden shares his love for Christmas horror stories with this anthology of all-new short fiction from some of the most talented and original writers of horror today.
ABOUT THE EDITOR...
Christopher Golden is the New York Times #1 bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of such novels as Snowblind, Ararat, Of Saints and Shadows, and Tin Men. He co-created (with Mike Mignola) two cult favorite comics series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, Dark Cities, and The New Dead, among others, and has also written and co-written comic books, video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. A frequent lecturer and speaker at libraries, schools, and conferences, Golden is one-half of River City Writers (with James A. Moore), providing writing workshops, seminars, and editorial services, and one-third of the pop culture podcast Three Guys with Beards (with Moore and Jonathan Maberry). He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family.
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Thank you to Christopher Golden for taking the time to answer a few questions and thank you to Mandy at Blumhouse Books/Anchor Books for this exclusive opportunity!
Head of the class... Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out. The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and "cool" teacher in the hometown where he's not just a golden boy — he's platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle. Then...Callie Carpenter comes home. And knocks him right on his tight end zone.
Back to school... Callie has a pretty sweet life herself...on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she'd prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school. Now she's facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore...and that's just the teachers.
Just like old times... When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance - and then has to stop herself from jumping him. Good friends are all they can ever be. Or...these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love. Includes a special bonus interview with the author! ©2018 Emma Chase (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. ADD TO GOODREADS
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
I'd heard great things about this series, or at least the mini-series before this, by the same author. So, needless to say I was psyched to see it in my grab bag. Except that Faith didn't work for me solo. Oh, she did on a lot of levels: she's relentlessly cheery, as I've accused of being, so I think part of this was too much of me seeing me in her. It turns out too much of me, too much of that relentless cheeriness, annoys me, too. Go figure. I'll try to be just a shade darker, immediate world, to balance that out and be less relentlessly annoying.
I also didn't really care about Faith's life, gaming and even writing for a website. I wanted to see more action. Part of what was great about Faith in a team is that action was foisted upon her, and here not so much.
On the other hand, it was a pretty cool storyline, Faith has a really good life - if not something I find incredibly compelling as reading material - and I got super interested in the twist at the end. Which was twisted. I also relate to Faith and her continuing fangirling, so it was nice to see someone nerdy in the same way I am in comics.
I'd be willing to give this another issue, but if the focus is as intensely on Faith's person life as issue two, I'll probably drop this series. I read comics for action, and so much like Cavalier and Klay - perfect book for me on first glance - I don't really want to read the behind the scenes, all the details about a personal life. I want the soap opera dramatics, and super powered fights. I want it all.
Work the personal life around that, and I'm a happy camper. I think Faith could easily find this balance, but this first issue makes me wonder if it will because I felt it was completely disproportionately skewed towards the personal life.